Friday, May 29, 2009

Emiquon Nature Preserve

A lovely Green Heron was sitting on some twigs near the edge of Lake Thompson.

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I found a Common Sooty Wing skipper butterfly and a Black Swallowtail butterfly. I also spotted but did not photo a few dragonflies. One was a Halloween Penant and another may have been a Common Green Darner, but I didn't get a great look before it disappeared. They are such fantastic fliers!

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A Red-winged Blackbird was showing his red epaulets. A Brown Thrasher was in the same tree, but I didn't see him until he flew away a few seconds after this shot.

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Many Indigo Buntings were present in the prairie off Prairie Road.

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A pelican flew over some fishermen out on Lake Thompson. Several other pelicans were flying around or floating on the water.

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A couple of Red-tailed Hawks were interacting in the prairie by Clark Road.

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4 comments:

Amy said...

Great shots! You should consider posting your great photos to Birdfreak's Bird Photography Weekly - I'm sure these would be a welcome addition!

Aaron said...

Jane, Beautiful light on the red-tail.

Neil said...

Great photo of the Red-tail.

Arija said...

What great shots of so many birds! You really had a great day.